21 Feb 2019
Lack of education is a major factor behind many of the social, political and economic issues faced by the world today. At ELN The e-Learning Network, we believe education has the power to reduce poverty, prejudice and conflict – and the Global Teacher Prize is all about rewarding the educators who are making a difference in the world.
The status of teachers in cultures across the world is critically important to our global future. Referred to as the Nobel Prize for teaching, the Global Teacher Prize is an annual one million dollar award that will be given to an exceptional teacher who has made an extraordinary contribution to the profession. Entries for the award have been reduced to a final 50 from 8,000 nominations and applications from 148 countries. Other than the teachers who are recognised the award focuses on the one teacher who will be awarded $1 Million. Moreover, this prize aims to have a global impact on the education community at large.
Today, teachers fill a vital role in communities, but the profession does not have the respect it should actually have. In 2013, The Varkey Foundation did a study to gain clearer insight into the status of the teaching profession worldwide, finding “that in many countries, between a third and half of parents would probably not encourage their children to enter the teaching profession.”
“Education should include knowledge of what to do with it” – Unknown
The Varkey Foundation commissioned the leading research and strategy consultancy, to gather extensive opinions from 21 countries to explore attitudes about the teaching profession. The survey covered various areas of teachers’ salaries, students’ attitudes towards educators and how education systems were rated.
The results, published as the Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Status Index, formed the first comprehensive attempt to evaluate the status of teachers across the world. For the first time, valid evidence was presented by a detailed study that provided an accurate result of how teachers were observed across the world.
In many countries, it was clear that the teaching profession’s status had declined. The findings shocked the Varkey Foundation’s Chairman and as a result, he founded the Global Teacher Prize, with the aim of raising the profession’s importance.
The Global Teacher Prize is not only an opportunity for teachers to have the support they need in the classroom, but it also allows children to see teaching as a highly respected career goal. The prize promotes a respect for teachers and for students who dream to become educators as well. This honor is intended to expand regard for educators, as well as to increase current standards in training for youngsters around the world.
In 2015, Nancie Atwell was announced as the winner from the top 10 outstanding finalists and presented with the first ever Global Teacher Prize at the Global Education and Skills Forum. Recently, the social media sphere has been abuzz with the top 10 finalists for the second annual Global Teacher Prize 2016 (Varkey Foundation) with 3 out of the top 50 shortlisted nominations being from Pakistan.
Humaira Bachal is the first female in her family to be educated. She began teaching friends after school in the slums of Karachi since the age of twelve.
Aqeela Asifi founded a school in the Kot Chandana refugee community of Pakistan, beginning in a borrowed tent. She serves as counselor to both refugee and local Pakistani children to enable and facilitate interaction and cross-cultural exchanges contributing to tolerance, social cohesion and peaceful co-existence among Afghan refugees.
Neelofar set up the first Montessori school in Gilgit Baltistan and thus introduced its Early Childhood Development model and stimulating teaching style to the region.
Some of the other names from the top ten include Hanan Al Hroub from Palestine, Robin Chaurasiya from India, Joe Fatheree from United States, Colin Hegarty from the UK, Richard Johnson from Australia, Ayub Mohammad from Kenya, Maarit Rossi from Finland, Michael Soskilfrom United States and Kazuya Takahashi from Japan.
“Good teachers know how to bring out the best in students” – Charles Kuralt
The Global Teacher Prize is awarded by the Varkey Foundation under the patronage of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, Prime Minister, and Emir of Dubai, and from a list of 50 shortlisted teachers, the winner will be announced in March at the Global Education and Skills Forum in Dubai this year. The Global Teacher Prize underlines the importance of the teaching profession and symbolizes the fact that teachers throughout the world deserve to be recognized and celebrated. We at ELN The e-Learning Network believe the Global Teacher Prize is making a real difference to the teaching profession and is having a very positive effect globally!